Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani, during a visit to Berlin, met with Michael Roth, Secretary of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office.
“I am here just a week ahead of the Bundestag debate on North Macedonia’s European integration to convey gratitude of our Government on your unselfish efforts to help my country get a green light for start of EU membership negotiations,” Osmani said at the meeting with Roth.
“We have made progress in all the areas highlighted by the European Council in addition to the solid track record, successful implementation of reforms adopted,” Osmani has said.
After completing the Berlin visit, Deputy PM Osmani will be traveling to Warsaw, Poland, where he is scheduled to meet with Polish Secretary of State for European Affairs, Konrad Szymatski, and with Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz. The meetings with Polish officials will focus on North Macedonia’s EU entry bid and the support for opening EU accession talks ahead of an important decision in October.
Osmani’s tour of European capitals comes just a few weeks before EU member states are due to decide at a summit in mid-October, whether to open talks with North Macedonia, as advised by the European Commission.
Arrest warrant issued for Spasov
Former special police officer Igor Spasov, who has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for murdering Martin Neskoski, is wanted on recall to prison after going missing.
Macedonian police issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after he failed to show up to begin his sentence. The arrest warrant has been published on the web-site of the Ministry of Interior.
The former member of special police force vanished after ignoring summons to serve time after he was sentenced in prison on murder charges.
The man had probably fled justice to avoid serving a 14-year jail sentence for a murder conviction. He was to report to Idrizovo correctional facility on 18 October.
The murder took place during a late-night celebration of VMRO-DPMNE’s victory in 2011 parliamentary elections.
Matthew Palmer due in Skopje today
The US Secretary of State’s Special Representative for the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, will visit North Macedonia on Tuesday.
Special Representative Palmer is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.
The two are expected to discuss the bilateral relations between North Macedonia and the United States, including the US support for the country’s integration into the Euro-Atlantic community. They will exchange views on the situation in the country and the region.
In late August, the U.S. State Department appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer as special envoy for the Western Balkans with a mandate to help integrate the region into Western institutions.
US Secretary of State has appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer as his Special Representative for the Western Balkans. In this role, Palmer will lead our efforts to strengthen U.S. diplomatic engagement in support of peace, stability, and prosperity in the region and focus on integration of the Western Balkan countries into Western institutions.
Zaev: We can give argument to reassure Macron
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“We are not only a strategic interest, we are Europe. It means we will become a member of the European Union once we wrap up the comprehensive reform at home. The pre-accession process and closure of chapters will help us make it happen. The accession negotiations will help us wrap up domestic reform,” Zaev wrote on his Facebook page.
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